Episode #501

Castles, Mermaids, Giants

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Saturday, January 03, 2004

In case you couldn’t make it to the tropics this winter vacation Studio 360 hits the Coney Island beach, in a show recorded last summer with musical guests They Might Be Giants. Host Kurt Andersen slathers on the sunblock as he introduces you to a sand sculptor who takes castle construction very seriously. Plus, music from They Might Be Giants, written just for the beach.

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They Might Be Giants

Design For the Real World: Parachute Jump

Graphic designer Steven Heller tells the story of a seaside landmark known as the "Eiffel Tower of Coney Island."

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Special Guest: They Might Be Giants

Kurt Andersen spends the day at Coney Island with John Linnell and John Flansburgh of the band, They Might Be Giants.

They Might Be Giants are John Flansburgh and John Linnell, the accordion-and-guitar duo based in Brooklyn. They got their start in 1982 singing for food in Central Park, and ...

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Idlewild

Written and performed by They Might Be Giants.

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Sandcastles

Sand sculptor Kirk Rademaker makes architecture out of sand-with arches and balconies, fantastical structures as high as ten feet, and sloping curves that stretch all over the beach. He showed off his skills for us at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Metal Detector

Written and performed by They Might Be Giants

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Mermaid

Surrealist painter Paul Delvaux painted his own beach fantasy in 1942. It's called the Village of the Mermaids. The foreground tells one story, and in the distance there's a surprise. Judith Kampfner went into the vaults of the Art Institute of Chicago to see Delvaux's painting with curator Stephanie D'Alessandro.

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Caroline, No

Written by Brian Wilson, performed by They Might Be Giants

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Capiz

In the Philippines, seashells are more than souvenirs — they're a serious art. Jocelyn Gonzales explains the history and craft of Capiz, a traditional method of transforming clamshells into something much more.

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Boat of Car

Written and performed by They Might Be Giants

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WEB EXCLUSIVE: No Plan B

Written and performed by They Might Be Giants. 

Audio coming soon. 

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